Mount Shasta – A 6.5 earthquake hit off the coast of California near Eureka Saturday afternoon at 2:27pm Pacific Time. In Mount Shasta City, a faint swaying motion similar to a train going by lasted more than twenty seconds.
By comparison, the Loma Prieta earthquake that hit the Bay Area in 1989 was a magnitude 7.1.
According to the USGS website, the quake was felt as far north as Roseburg, OR and as far south as the Bay Area. According to one report, the earthquake knocked power out in the area, sending crowds of people to the hardware store to buy flashlights and supplies. The earthquake shattered glass store fronts, collapsed brick chimneys and knocked a several houses off their foundations. Fortunately for an earthquake this size, there were no reports of serious injuries.
See below for the first pictures from the event: